: So here we were, early 1990's, and the डिज़्नी Renaissance was at its peek. The studios had produced two of the highest grossing animated films of all time and still were pushing on. However the team suffered a tragic loss with the death of lyricist Howard Ashman
who surprisingly had had a large amount of creative input on the पूर्व two films. (He named Ariel) It was even his idea to make the अगला डिज़्नी animated feature, Aladdin
released on November 25, 1992. However, much to the disappointment of many, this would be the last picture to showcase a royal fairytale princess for the अगला impending 17 years, Princess Jasmine
चमेली is unique for a plethora of reasons. One being the fact that she is the only princess of the डिज़्नी Lineup whom the story does NOT
revolve around. Not surprisingly, this lends to the fact that researching her is slightly और difficult without deviating into the डिज़ाइन of the other characters.
चमेली is also the first princess of any ethnicity. Keeping in mind that this film was released pre-September 11th
, (not to say 9-11 affected the way we view these characters today) but unlike the upcoming princess Tiana
in The Princess and the Frog
, racial sensitivity and political correctness was surprisingly not as touchy an issue in the creation of a Muslim
illustration of Badroulbadour
In fact, in the book 1001 Arabian Nights
the story of अलादीन (and subsequently the princess) was Asian. However अलादीन was most likely not originally apart of the stories dating back to about 1000 A.D., but was added to the compilation द्वारा Antoine Galland
, a French author/translator, who published the पुस्तकें in 12 volumes between 1704 and 1717.
While the डिज़्नी version underwent many contemporary changes, the princess’s predicament of being pressured to find a suitor remained relatively the same. However, originally the princess's name was Badroulbadour
and was very vain and spoiled.
Obviously, डिज़्नी writers decided to change this personality flaw along with her name to something और 'relatable'. It turns out चमेली was their first choice as it was among the most लोकप्रिय girl names in the early 90's largely due to actress Jasmine Guy
. Although some early sketches were based from some of her features, her look came off as too severe
Yet another unique detail about चमेली is the fact that her final look was not based after any particular celebrity. Mark Henn
who has been partially responsible for the डिज़ाइन of every डिज़्नी princess since Ariel, turned to a number of exotic मॉडेल to base चमेली off of but ultimately was dissatisfied. He describes having seen a guest at डिज़्नी World with long black hair and knew he wanted that feature but was having difficulty finding a face for the princess. Eventually Henn looked in his wallet to find a high school graduation चित्र of his younger sister Beth Allen
. He did a concept sketch based off of her which the directors liked and ended up approving.
Jasmine vs Taj Mahal and Arabian text
In a similar spirit that incorporated the angular look of medieval tapestries into Sleeping Beauty
, Art Director, Bill Perkins
wanted to incorporate the look of Arabian text and architecture into Aladdin
. Once such place to compare with चमेली is the Taj Mahal
. Although, NOT Arabian but Indian, the Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra
which is arguably the inspiration for the fictional city Agrabah
. At closer inspection of चमेली आप may notice similar arches and curves in her clothes, jewelry, hair and features.
early sketches of चमेली vs Aladdin
With the finalized look of princess चमेली being whole-heartedly approved, the directors faced a problem. अलादीन had been developed to be a young, scrawny underdog of a character. However Jeffrey Katzenberg
, Disney's then Chairman, believed the romantic chemistry between the two characters would be 'unconvincing' (that the princess would never find him attractive). So, at the last minute, animators were told to make अलादीन older and resemble Tom Cruise
. Therefor in this case, Jasmine’s डिज़ाइन influenced that look of the hero.
Many people are unaware of the two major themes representing the Princess which are presented in her first scene. The first is the water fountain
. चमेली was chosen to be dressed in a light blue specifically to represent water, the most precious substance one can find in a desert. The princess's first scene was situated अगला to a फव्वारा to emphasize this connection.
The सेकंड theme is a caged bird
. Also, in the first scene we see चमेली release birds from their cage. This was meant as a metaphor for her plight; While she is “taken care of [and] provided for” she is caged from a world she has never seen and yearns to be released. We see this theme again in Jasmine's birdcage-shaped boudoir.
The whole concept of चमेली escaping the palace in the dead of night to experience the 'real' world is directly inspired from the 1953 classic Audrey Hepburn
film Roman Holiday
. Hepburn plays a Princess Ann from a nondescript country visiting Rome. After a slight emotional breakdown, the princess sneaks out of the royal embassy and enjoys living as a regular person for a दिन going द्वारा the name Anya. (which would later be the name used for Don Bluth’s misplaced princess Anastasia) She meets a guy, they fall for each other, her bodyguards come after her...all of which is in Jasmine's story~Great movie. Watch it!
As I've mentioned before, this movie has directly inspired pretty much every डिज़्नी Princess since Sleeping Beauty
In conclusion, चमेली is an asset to the डिज़्नी Princess lineup. She is a pioneer so to speak, being the first heroine of color डिज़्नी had ever produced. Notably so, every following addition to the Princess lineup has been ethnic with Pocahontas, मूलन and now Tiana. और than that, चमेली represents a fight for civil rights, to fight against laws that stifle life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For this, she continues to represent one of the most important messages to our society today. Whether it be racial tolerance, social hierarchy, civil rights या something more, each person can take a lesson from her and her story. She broke a long-held exclusive bearier for girls (and boys) paving the way in letting children believe that anyone
of any race can be a princess and और importantly, to fight for what आप believe in.
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